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Freedom of Wexford Chest

MO 63.2452.1a-b
Freedom of Wexford Chest
Louis Kerr (Jeweler)
Wexford, Ireland
Gilt silver; wood; ivory
5" x 11" x 6"
Gilt silver chest naming President Kennedy an Honorary Freeman of Wexford, making him the 13th freeman of Wexford, an honor previously conferred only 12 times in 100 years. The chest has a hinged lid which bears an inscription in Gaelic, which translates to: "Presented to Mr. John Fitzgerald Kennedy President of the United States of America on the Occasion that his Name Was Entered on the Roll of Honorary Freemen of the Borough of Wexford on the 27th Day of June, 1963." The front bears the Kennedy coat of arms and inscription: "Presented to Mr. John Fitzgerald Kennedy President of the United States of America on the occasion of his enrollment as an Honorary Freeman on the 27th day of June 1963. The left side of the chest bears the Great Seal of the United States, and the right the Seal of Wexford. The chest sits on a wooden base. The jeweler was Louis Kerr and silversmith was Enniscorthy. "Freedom of the City" is a ceremonial award, given by a local government to those who have served in some exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the City wishes to bestow an honour.
This award was presented to President John F. Kennedy on the occasion of his enrollment as an Honorary Freeman on June 27, 1963 during his visit to Wexford, Ireland.
Thomas Burne, The Mayor of Wexford
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National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States
JFKSG-MO-1963-2452-1a-b